If Manchester City manage to beat Newcastle United away at St James’ Park on Tuesday evening, not only will they close the gap between them and league leaders Liverpool to just a point, but Pep Guardiola will also break a Premier League record.A visit to Tyneside will see Guardiola take in his 100th Premier League game at the City helm, and the former Barcelona boss has so far claimed 73 victories in charge of the Blues.One more will put him in front of Jose Mourinho when it comes to most wins earned from a century of English top-flight outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? This season for the Citizens has not been as air-tight and domineering as their previous, having already lost three games in total, but that does not mean that they are not still impressive. Man City and Liverpool seem to be the only two teams providing a real challenge for the title this season, and a win over Newcastle will surely see the race heading down to the wire. Guardiola also possesses the best win rate by any manager to have taken charge of at least 75 Premier League games, besting the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini.The City boss has won 73.7 per cent of his matches so far, which beats the win rate of 67.1% held by Antonio Conte and the 65.2% of Ferguson. The Manchester United talisman did, however, achieve his win rate across 810 Premier League matches over 21 years.The Catalan coach is also looking to claim silverware on all three counts this season as City have made strides in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup – and will be aiming to be the first side to win back-to-back Premier League titles since Manchester United in 2008 and 2009. Manager P W D L Jose Mourinho 100 73 18 9 Pep Guardiola 99 73 15 11 Manuel Pellegrini 100 65 17 18 Alex Ferguson 100 62 25 13 Roberto Mancini 100 62 19 19 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is facing criticism for a feature on star Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa that was run in anticipation of the SEC Championship Game.The piece focused on Tagovailoa’s upbringing in Hawaii and how he was built into the star quarterback everyone’s gotten to watch at Alabama this season.There was one bizarre aspect of the feature, though.Tagovailoa appeared to admit that his father brought out “the belt” if he had a bad game or threw an interception growing up.It was a puzzling moment, for sure.“So Tua Tagovailoa’s dad beat him with a belt if he played poorly in high school? Seems like a nice guy. What a totally bizarre feature on College GameDay,” one reporter tweeted.So Tua Tagovailoa’s dad beat him with a belt if he played poorly in high school? Seems like a nice guy. What a totally bizarre feature on College GameDay.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 1, 2018“So essentially based on what we’ve learned today – if Alabama loses tonight does Tua go home and get ‘the belt and other things’ from his dad? Good lord,” another added.So essentially based on what we’ve learned today – if Alabama loses tonight does Tua go home and get “the belt and other things” from his dad? Good lord.— Paul Zeise (@PaulZeise) December 1, 2018“Was that GameDay story about Tua’s dad threatening to beat his son with a belt if he played bad supposed to be heartwarming?” one tweeted.Was that GameDay story about Tua’s dad threatening to beat his son with a belt if he played bad supposed to be heartwarming?— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) December 1, 2018Tagovailoa’s mother added that two things guided the quarterback’s life growing up: the Bible and the belt.So Tua and his dad out here talking about how he’d get the belt if he didn’t play well or get good grades. Two things, his mom said, guided his life: The Bible and the belt.— Evan Altman (@DEvanAltman) December 1, 2018Of course, there will be some who don’t have a problem with what Tagovailoa admitted, but as we’ve seen with the Adrian Peterson situation, these are the kind of things that will spark major reactions.You can view more on Twitter here. read more